ITALY The main dictionaries (like for example Treccani) explain that “color carne” (flesh-coloured) is “a pale pink color, similar to that of human flesh”. Two communication professionals, co-founders of Bold Stories, have recently worked on this crazy but also common expression. Their reflection and research became an advocacy project to “change color to flesh color, from pink to all the colours of humanity.” We then thought of a poem, À mon frère blanc by Léopold Sédar Senghor, which demonstrates the absurdity of another “toubab” expression: person or population of colour. With words we think, we communicate, we create culture, we make politics, we build society. We must take extreme care of them. Long live those who question themselves, long live critical thinking which frees us from preconceptions, which helps us deconstruct the “norm”.

WORLD The world is not the frightening place told by the mass media. To demonstrate it, some communication and information professionals, in the field of creativity or journalism, have decided to take a radical position: to publish and share only good news! Together with Mauro Gatti, founder of The Happy Broadcast, we reflect on the reasons: from the inspirational power of good examples to mental health. But first let’s take a look at other “positive and constructive” editorial projects such as The Upside columns of The Guardian and Fixes by The New York Times, the pioneering Positive News magazine and the more recent Reasons to be Cheerful founded by artist and musician David Byrne. [Do you know any others? Comment the post!]

Many lifestyle diseases are quite difficult to manage and control if one does not have the right kind of information. Did you know that the kind of foods you eat can either help you control blood pressure or worsen it? Did you also know that the kind of supplements that you use could also have a serious effect on your body? Have you used Friocard supplement for your blood pressure? Or what kind of foods or supplements do you take to improve your blood circulation or blood pressure? These are pertinent issues that you may want to be informed about before you start the process of controlling and managing blood pressure.

PUGLIA, ITALIA | A Tu Per Tour è il racconto della Puglia che noi di CCT – come vi abbiamo più volte dimostrato, ad esempio nel nostro reportage sul “Salento Lento” – più amiamo scoprire e vivere; è la storia dei suoi piccoli preziosi centri e delle realtà fuori dai percorsi di massa, di quei luoghi meno turistici e più autentici. Ecco perché abbiamo immediatamente accettato l’invito a collaborare come media partner del progetto! Ed ecco qui che finalmente ve lo presentiamo… intervistando le due menti creative che hanno dato vita all’idea: Eleonora Tricarico (che già conosciamo in quanto CCTraveller!) e Francesca Borgia, due giovani donne e professioniste che hanno a cuore il presente e futuro della loro terra.

MONDO Covid-19 has also closed the Museums to the public but has released creativity and among the initiatives born on the web and social media for the “Cultural Resistance”, one in particular continues to entertain the world of Art, the challenge #BetweenArtAndQuarantine or – in Dutch, mother tongue of the project – #TussenKunstenQuarantaine.

WORLD Here are some tools collected in these days of #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd e #BlackLivesMatter, imagining a mini digital library for anti-racism – a page in progress, to update also with your contribution and which, given the global theme, collects resources especially but not only in English; a page made of links to information, essays, stories, books, podcasts, videos that help us to see the world from the other point of view.

AUSTRALIA “Le immagini della riapertura delle spiagge di Sydney dopo il blocco per il coronavirus ci danno un’idea del valore della spiaggia (e del surf) nella cultura australiana. Ne avevo parlato in un paio di pezzi divulgativi su CCT-SeeCity. Li rileggo, e sento quasi l’odore dell’oceano. E mi manca. E non posso fare a meno di sentire nostalgia per quel mondo alla rovescia in cui, stranito, ho vissuto per un po’.” – Per chi avesse interesse ad approfondire o anche solo voglia di sognare un po’ l’oceano, abbiamo raccolto quei due articoli di Dario Nardini, antropologo e ricercatore, qui!

E come tantissime altre persone, tutte quelle che credono che la felicità sia un diritto universale, il fine naturale e ultimo della specie umana. “Non so se vivrò abbastanza per poter verificare che l’umanità è riuscita ad arrivare alla pratica quotidiana, normale di questo diritto alla felicità, ma so e sono convinto che lo sforzo di tanti, anche il mio piccolo sforzo per spiegare, per definire, per individuare tutto quel che si frappone tra noi e il diritto supremo alla felicità, sia oggi il lavoro politico più importante che si può fare.” – Luis Sepúlveda

ITALY says to the World “everything will be all right” and on this page of our web guidezine we’ll keep collecting for you some positive postcards, moments of music and magic, life and beauty, shared from many balconies and windows of the Italian cities during the Coronavirus pandemic, while the whole country is in lockdown. #SeeCity & Love, CCTeam • #OneWorld #AndràTuttoBene

SEETIES In 2010, Erich Fisher used open data to create these maps. Tourist destinations, cities and places, change every year and it would be interesting to compare this visual research with an updated version. It would also be interesting to use these data and their visualisation to help mass tourism to spread in the territories with the mission on the one hand to make too touristy cities more liveable for citizens and on the other hand to promote places like suburbs, forgotten neighbourhoods or villages suffering from depopulation. “Tourists VS Locals” is becoming an increasingly important issue worldwide and we should learn to use creativity also to try to create possible solutions to this contemporary urban tension that someone call overtourism or tourismphobia. In this article you can browse through the gallery and discover more about “The Geotaggers’ World Atlas Maps – Locals & Tourists” project by data artist Eric Fisher.